ANSWERS: A POINT FOR EACH ONE CORRECT:
1. (b) Red eggs are traditionally given to welcome a new baby in China. 2. (a) A black Leghorn bantam pullet won Supreme Champion – a Rosecomb was Reserve Champion. 3. (c) During incubation an egg’s weight should decrease by 13% as moisture is lost and air absorbed. 4. (b) These totally black chickens come from Java, Indonesia. 5. (a) Chickens have good hearing and can identify others by their calls. They can also remember places, people and up to at least 96 other members of their flock. 6. (b) Other signs of Mycoplasma are respiratory problems and foamy eyes. 7. (b) The pineal gland is sometimes called the third eye and responds to light. 8. (a) Chickens without their own breed club are defined as ‘rare’ for showing purposes, and are catered for by the Rare Poultry Society. 9. (c) Diatomaceous earth is also known as Diatom. 10. (c) The Australorp was developed in Australia, and derives from the black Orpington. 11. (b) Aspergillosis is caused by fungal spores and Scaly Leg by a parasite. 12. (c) Organic is indicated by an ‘O.’ ‘1’ is free range. ‘2’ means the hen was barn-kept. 13. (a) This lucky hen has been re-homed on the allotment at Kensington Gardens. 14. (c) The chicken’s voicebox (the syrinx) is in the chest – and cannot be removed to prevent crowing! 15. (c) Only the Norfolk Grey is a chicken breed – the other two are turkeys!
So, did you wing it? Check your score:
10-15 points: Soaring high – well done! 5-10 points: Flap a little harder and you’ll airborne 1-5 points: Reading Your Chickens will give you wings!